For many years there was a column in this magazine called "Getting There," which was dedicated to the sharing of readers' favorite trails and 'wheeling spots. Each month, we'd comb through a mountain of reader submissions, and we'd publish a single-page essay we felt best typified the Four Wheeler spirit of backcountry adventure and love of the outdoors. For some reason-we're not exactly sure why-the column was discontinued a few years ago, but after some lengthy thought (and a few hundred e-mails begging us to bring it back), we thought it high time to resurrect "Getting There," starting with next month's issue.
What got us thinking about it was the "Win a Trip to Moab" contest we held last year. We asked you, our loyal readers, to submit a brief essay describing your favorite four-wheeling destination. We received dozens of such efforts, many of them painstakingly detailed and documented. They were all, to one degree or another, genuine Labors of Love, and our thanks go out to all who took the time to enter. From all your submissions we culled together a Top 10 Reader Destinations for this issue, and you can read them-including our Moab Contest winner's entry-starting on page 32. (As an aside, we'll have complete Easter Jeep coverage, including a look at our winner-who, it turns out, had never been to Moab before-in the August issue.)
It didn't take us long after that to draw the obvious conclusion-namely, with so many good essays (and 'wheeling spots) to choose from, it seemed like the right time to start running one every month again. So, if you've ever wanted to see your name in print, or wanted to share a favorite 'wheeling spot with your fellow readers, now's the time-send your submissions to "Getting There," Four Wheeler, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. Successful submissions will include those with a photo or two, along with a legible map and (perhaps?) some GPS coordinates. We'll pay $100 for each submission we print in the magazine-plus, you'll be forever famous as a published author in the pages of Four Wheeler. (Don't laugh-a number of well-known freelance writers started their careers this way.) Text files and high-resolution JPEGs on a CD-ROM are preferred, but we can work with typewritten manuscripts and color snapshots (in focus, please) if that's all you have. Be sure to include information on how to Get There, along with nearby sources of lodging and supplies, and cool historic or scenic sites you're likely to see along the way.
On a related note, many of you wrote in over the past year wondering if we would ever reprint our "Where to Wheel" guide to public and private ORV areas. Last June, we made it available only as a premium on the newsstand, so this year, we decided to bring it back, with expanded and revised listings, and make it available for everyone in the pages of the magazine. You can see our listings starting on page 46. If you think there are any wheeling spots we might have missed, don't hesitate to drop us a line and let us know. 'Til we hear from you, happy armchair-wheeling.